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Gujarat Elections 2017: Dalit Leader Jignesh Mevani Marks Victory From Reserved Seat Of Vadgam

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| December 18 , 2017 , 13:41 IST

Dalit rights leader Jignesh Mevani who contested the Gujarat Elections as an independent candidate from his constituency Vadgam in Banaskantha district has marked victory on the seat by 18,150 votes. Mevani defeated BJP's Vijay Chakravarti with ease and claimed the Assembly constituency which was reserved for Scheduled Caste.

Congress and AAP have earlier showcased their support to Mevani by withdrawing their candidates from the respective seat to provide him with some relief in winning the elections. Jignesh's easy victory in PM Modi's home state has set an example for the changing scenario.

The 36-year-old Dalit right campaigner made headlines when he raised voice against the atrocities faced by the Dalits in Una district of Gujarat while leading a march called 'Azadi Kooch' and demanding the land for his community.  A lawyer by profession, Mevani rose to fame when he vanguarded the fight for justice of Dalit youths beaten publically for skinning a dead cow.

His campaign proved to a hurdle for Gujarat government as following the Una incident, he protested the practice of disposing of animal carcasses. Along with Hardik Patel and Alpesh Thakor, Jignesh has become "The face of resistance against BJP" in Gujarat.

During the election campaigning, Jignesh had a meeting with the new Congress President Rahul Gandhi and the duo talked about the issues faced by Gujarat Dalits and Mevani's agenda in Elections. Following the meet, Congress has supported the leader's voice but no negotiation was made between the two.